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The Final Days Of ‘Pot Doc’ Phil Leveque

Posted on26. Mar, 2015 by .

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When asked how he wants to be remembered, Dr. Phil Leveque was quick with his answer.

“Pot doc.”

Pot doc is just one of his nicknames. In the 1990s, he was also dubbed the Most Dangerous Man in Oregon.

The well-known and somewhat controversial doctor who helped legalize medical marijuana in Oregon is in hospice care in Happy Valley.

He said he feels like people are finally catching up to what he’s been advocating for years, and he is proud of that.

“Pretty good for a Hood River farm boy,” he said.

Leveque’s friends say he has dedicated his life to helping others even in the face of controversy.

“I have been studying the medical use of marijuana since 1950 and I am very proud of the fact that I essentially introduced medical marijuana to the state of Oregon.”

With a Ph.D in pharmacology and toxicology, Leveque helped legalize medical marijuana in Oregon in 1999. At the time, he granted thousands of medical marijuana cards, which caught the attention of the medical board.

His medical license was revoked in 2004, which ended his career as a doctor.

Asked if it was worth it, he did not hesitate.

“Hell, yes,” he said. “If I hadn’t done this, nobody else would have. You bet, you bet.”

He feels vindicated in his efforts and pointed to last November’s 56-43% vote to legalize recreational pot in Oregon, which takes effect in July.

“Heck, yes, 10 years ago, it was poison and very addicting.”

Leveque, who turned 92 last Sunday, said it’s just “like 91, only a little older.” He shared his life’s reflection.

“Well, I didn’t expect to live through World War 2, so every day since May 7, 1945 has been a gift.”

And when asked what he’s most proud of, he said, “Surviving until I was 92, I think.”

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A Tale of Two Cities: Why DC and NY are Worlds Apart

Posted on24. Mar, 2015 by .

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Washington, DC and New York City are only 225 miles apart, a four-hour drive up I-95, or a 3½ hour train ride on Amtrak. And both jurisdictions have taken positive steps over the last couple of years to stop arresting marijuana smokers. But in other ways, they are in parallel universes.

In one city the police chief is embracing marijuana legalization, and touting it as a helpful step in building community relations. And in the other, the police commissioner is saying marijuana has caused an increase in homicides and shootings, even worse than the cocaine and heroin epidemics of the 1980s and ’90s. It would be difficult to find a more stark contrast in policing strategies.

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Nevada Assembly Misses Historic Opportunity to End Marijuana Prohibition

Posted on23. Mar, 2015 by .

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Earlier today, the Nevada Assembly missed its last opportunity to vote on Initiative Petition 1, which proposes legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over. Since the legislature did not approvenevada-welcome the measure itself, the measure will appear on the ballot for the 2016 general election. This inaction means Nevadans will have to wait until late next year for the chance to end their state’s destructive and costly prohibition of marijuana.

Please “like” Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Nevada on Facebook so that the campaign can keep you posted as the ballot initiative campaign gets underway. While polls show strong public support, we can’t take victory for granted. We’ll need your help to get the word out and run a strong campaign.

As many in Colorado and Washington have already learned, legalization allows adults who prefer a substance that is safer than alcohol avoid arrest, jail, and damaged futures. The Initiative to Tax and Regulate Marijuana also affords greater access for seriously ill patients, because patients who suffer from conditions that are not currently included in the state medical marijuana program — such as Alzheimer’s disease — lack legal protections. And, of course, legalization saves scarce law enforcement resources for serious crime, while providing revenue to the state.

But while the Nevada Legislature missed this opportunity, history continues to move forward, and Nevada voters will have the final say come November 8, 2016. Please stay tuned for more updates.

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Baked: 50 Tasty Marijuana Treats

Posted on21. Mar, 2015 by .

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I’ve had the pleasure of reviewing several cannabis cookbooks over the years and trying their various recipes. Some are better than others for different reasons. The best cookbooks excel in quality of recipes, pictures and ways of incorporating the active ingredient (like butter, oil, tinctures and the like).

Baked is a very simple, straightforward book all about deserts and sweets. Fudge, candy, cakes, cookies and bars are all featured. The cookbook has traditional recipes along with variations for those who have dietary preferences. Some are sugar free, while others are gluten free, dairy free and even vegan.

Here’s what I really like about this book!

  • The price. It can be downloaded as an E-book ($ 12) but the paperback is only $ 16. Very reasonable.
  • The pictures are beautiful.
  • The recipes are delicious and there’s something for everyone.
  • The physical size and layout. This book will fit perfectly on the counter top and each recipe takes up two facing pages. So when the book is opened on the counter, everything needed is right there so you do not have to flip through in the middle of baking.

The recipe for butter is easy and straightforward and this medicated butter is the foundation for all the recipes which are simple, delicious, short and sweet.

I would not recommend this book for a brand new cannabis chef. Other books I have read go into much more detail on how to make butter, oils and tinctures, which is really the most important part of baking with cannabis.

The section on making “Baked” butter in this book is very brief and completely lacking in details regarding temperatures and the “chemistry” of decarboxylation of cannabis in order to make it potent and active in recipes.

Certainly the author’s version of butter will get the job done, but those of us with a bit of experience in the kitchen will realize that some recipes should start with decarboxylated product, while others are better starting with fresh, non-activated cannabis as the baking process will do the job.

Experience tells me that while the recipes in the book will certainly taste delicious, the medication effect will tend to be very heavy and sleepy, due to the method of making the butter and the further degradation of the THC and cannabinols from the heat of the baking process.

Having said that, an experienced ganja chef will find a treasure trove of great recipes within the pages of “Baked.”

I recommend this book as a recipe library for cooking cannabis sweets. I also caution the cook who gets this book to either have a great deal of experience working with cannabis in the kitchen or to purchase another book that details the process of making butters and oils and how to determine when a recipe should start with activated or inactivated cannabis. Small changes to the amount of time cannabis is heated will have dramatic effects on how a person experiences the “high,” and unfortunately this information is lacking in Baked.

But if it’s tasty, easy recipes and ideas you’re after, this book won’t disappoint!

Author: Yzabetta Sativa
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Publisher: GreenCandyPress.com
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